PSJ commissioners clear hurdle on Gulf Pines

PSJ City

The former Gulf Pines Hospital site could soon be history.

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Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

One by one the hurdles to razing and cleaning up the old Gulf Pines Hospital site and putting the land on the tax rolls are falling away for Port St. Joe commissioners.

City attorney Tom Gibson reported last week that the Board of County Commissioners had voted not to pursue at this time a tax deed based on delinquent property taxes on the Gulf Pines site, which clears away one more obstacle.

With the BOCC willing to wait on the selling of the property to realize revenue from the back taxes – which would have to divided among the cities, meaning Port St. Joe would get some back – the lone obstacle to addressing the elephant in the equation are two private companies holding tax certificates.

By paying roughly $38,000, commissioners can satisfy those certificates.

The Internal Revenue Service, which has a $1 million lien on the property in lieu of back taxes, has indicated a willingness to discharge the property of any obligation.

“Once we get rid of the IRS we have a lot more options,” Gibson said.

The BOCC has agreed to waive the $75,000 it is owed to allow the city to move ahead on rendering the property suitable for the property tax roll.

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